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Healthy Kids are Happy Kids

As the kids go back to school after the holidays are you making sure they start the term fit and healthy?  It’s that time of year again.  The nights are coming in earlier and there is less time to run around outside, but more than ever children’s...

Posted on 19 October 2012

Is Lack of Sleep taking its toll on Children?

How many hours of sleep does a five-year-old need?  Does the time at which a child sleeps matter? What hormones are produced only during sleep?  If, as a parent, you don’t know the answers, you are not alone.  According to a new survey by the Slee...

Posted on 21 June 2012

Good Night Nutrients

Can Nutrition Help Your Child To Get A Good Night Sleep? Can’t sleep or won’t sleep?  Children’s sleep problems are some of the most common parents face.  The result is not just exhausted children who struggle to learn or concentrate but parents i...

Posted on 11 November 2015

Have you got a Calcium Kid?

And I don’t mean the film ! Far too many children aren’t getting enough calcium. In fact, one in eight 11-18 year-olds aren’t getting the recommended amount , and it’s a big problem. We need calcium for strong bones and teeth, especially during...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Don't go cold turkey...

Christmas dinner’s only just out of the way, but don’t swear off the turkey for too long. It’s a great way to help make sure your children are getting enough folate. This nutrient is one of a group of B vitamins and occurs naturally in foods, thou...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Cheesed off?

A new survey out this week highlighted that cheese can often contain more salt than you might think. Read a good summary of the response in the Guardian . Most kids love cheese, so what’s the best way to use it in a healthy diet for them? Here are...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Five a day for kids: Mission Impossible?

Five a day. On paper, it doesn’t sound too scary, does it? But for loads of parents who email, call and write to us every day, I know that even with the news of pledges from supermarkets, caterers and retailers this week under the Fruit and Veg...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Letters on lunchtime

Bonfire night may have been and gone, but it seems that time for lunch is still causing fireworks for some parents who’ve contacted us recently. We’ve been emailed by several mums and dads who are worried about their children not getting enough ti...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Make 2015 the year of eating well

How are your New Year’s resolutions going? Did ‘Dry January’ end for you on Saturday the 3 rd ? How about some resolutions that really pay off? Here are the Children’s Food Trust’s top tips on helping your child to eat better in 2015. Try them all...

Posted on 30 January 2015

Active children become healthier teens

A new study in Australia shows the need to get children active at an early age to ensure better health through their teens. More evidence of the importance of getting children active at an early age has been released following a study in Australia...

Posted on 23 July 2015

Why sedentary lifestyles are making children less fit

Sedentary lifestyles are detrimental to children’s fitness levels, despite their level of obesity. Recent research from a leading children's fitness expert at Essex University encouraged over 300 10-year-olds, in an area with low levels of obesity...

Posted on 11 August 2015

Top tips for cooking with the kids

Parent Hub have teamed up with the Children’s Food Trust , who are on a mission to get every child eating well at home, in childcare, at school and beyond. Get ready for great recipes, resources and ideas to get your children eating healthy.   Now...

Posted on 01 August 2016

Packing lunches without the pester power – how can you resist?

Standing in the supermarket facing a wall of special offers for packed lunch snacks is stressful enough, throw in a couple of kids begging you to buy their favourite cereal bars, sweet drinks and crisps and before you know it all of your hopes and...

Posted on 15 August 2016

Goodbye junk food, hello home cooking

Maggie Sims MBE runs The Children’s Food Trust’s national Let’s Get Cooking programme. In her latest blog she asks why, given all of the evidence, there’s no mention of cooking skills in the government’s childhood obesity plan?  Cooking as a famil...

Posted on 19 October 2016

Guide for trouble free sleepovers

More commonly referred to as “work of the devil,” a sleepover can strike fear into the heart of even the most fun loving parent.  It’s not unusual, given the mayhem, mess, lack of sleep, and subsequent grumpiness the following morning, to hear...

Posted on 09 April 2018

Peace in our Christmastime

Ah! The mixology of Christmas or should that read aaaaaargh?  Blend together in-laws, elders, teenagers and toddlers, who may not be used to spending extended periods of time in each other’s company.  Mix with a steady stream of alcohol et voilà!...

Posted on 07 December 2017

‘Staving off the Winter Blues’ / Keeping the family healthy and happy throughout the winter months

As the clocks go back and the autumn draws in, here’s the latest thinking on how to stay energised as the colder months take hold. Launch a three-pronged attack on your family’s exercise, diet and sleep routines to keep everyone bright-eyed and...

Posted on 03 November 2017

The Benefits and Dangers of Co-Sleeping

Co-sleeping with your child; is it a vital bonding experience for parents and their children? Or is it dangerous and to be avoided at all costs? What is co-sleeping? Co-sleeping can refer to a number of set-ups including placing a cot alongside yo...

Posted on 08 May 2018

Are Smartphones Damaging our Children?

Smartphone use – what are the dangers? Many parents ask this and other related questions, like How many hours is safe ? Is Social Media the main issue ? Where do I look for guidance ? Just by typing “ are smartphones safe for children ” into Googl...

Posted on 08 May 2018

Plan the Perfect Family Picnic

We all know the drill when it comes to British summer time – the second the sun shows its face you cannot hesitate for a moment; get out and absorb that vitamin D! There’s no better way to bask in the summer sun than with a family picnic. Here are...

Posted on 18 May 2018

Spooky Halloween family fun

From the ghastly and ghoulish to the frightfully fun, there are several ways to get involved with Halloween activities this month. Museums, parks and town centres are getting into the spooky spirit, hosting parades, arts and crafts markets and eve...

Posted on 22 October 2018